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We were asked to design a steampunk ship, weapon or character for this work. As characters are my speciality I decided to create a robot, partially inspired by the band Steam Powered Giraffe.
First I done a fair amount of research into steampunk and the defining features of it. Below you can see a collection of images put into a mood-board type arrangement.
Next I sketched out a number of ideas for what my character could be. I explored more “bulky” robot designs, humanoid design and animal-like designed and settled on the more humanoid ones as I could add attire to them without adjusting it, and a character like this would also be a lot easier to animate in the industry.
I decided to elaborate on the sketch in the bottom left with the robot tipping his hat~ I took a liking to his expression and details and decided to mix elements of the full body humanoids to make his legs. I proceeded to sketch this out on a new page:
I then too this image and coloured/textured this image to create a final draft of the character:
Although I am quite proud of the texture usage and design of this character, the end of the image was rushed due to time constraints. I was also going to make a second version where the character was wearing a waistcoat/tailcoat to make him look more fitting to the steampunk genre.